A route worth taking?
iOS App of the Week It’s holiday time! But we’ve all heard horror stories about people coming back from holiday and getting hit with a huge bill for using their smartphone outside the UK.
Settings on the iPhone
So, when I went off to Portugal recently I was determined not to make any unnecessary calls or to use apps that might run up data roaming charges and that ruled out the standard Maps app on my Apple kit.
Yet I found a very good alternative in ForeverMap from Skobbler. This popular navigation app has been around for a while but was recently updated with an improved interface and options for finding local businesses and other points of interest.
The app itself costs £1.19 but then allows you to download maps for dozens of countries free of charge from the open-source OpenStreetMap project.
You can download maps before you go away and then use them offline when you’re travelling in order to avoid roaming charges. There’s a search function to help you find specific locations or to plot a route to your destination.
Where to and how to get there
This latest version also has a new ‘Where To?’ menu option that allows you to specify a category, such as bars, restaurants or museums, and to locate relevant sites within a distance that you specify.
This actually looks really useful
Screw avoiding roaming charges, this could be fantastic as an alternative to trying to scroll the bloody google maps app on a shoddy 3g connection - no more scroll, wait, wait, wait, update, scroll more, wait, etc...
RE: Still don't quite understand how...
Simply because of much better user experience and the wow factor of the design... started by the iPhone and then Android followed the same route.
Surely I'm not the first to suggest
that the software is called "ForeverMap" because your iPhone keeps an everlasting log of everywhere you've been with your phone.